Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to play intimate shows in NY, LA
The band lines up big & small shows for summer tour
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' North American summer tour is all over the map both literally in terms of geography and figuratively when it comes to the venues the iconic group will be visiting.
The tour, which begins in May and ends in July, finds the band playing arenas and amphitheaters, which is to be expected from a band of their caliber. There's also a trio of headlining slots at festivals which includes Bonnaroo, Hangout and the upstart Firefly festival. Again, that's something not too surprising since classic rockers ranging from Paul McCartney to Elvis Costello are landing festival headlining gigs.
What wasn't expected when the tour was announced today was a series of intimate multi-show residencies in New York And Los Angeles. The band will play five shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and six shows at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Those venues have estimated capacities of 2,900 and 1,300 respectively, which comes close to making the cocerts club shows.
While the announcement of the smaller shows was surprising, the decision to move away from arenas isn't an uncharacteristic move for Petty. According to the New York Times, Petty played a series of 20 shows at San Francisco's Filmore in 1997 and five shows at the Vic Theater in Chicago in 2003.
Here are the band's summer tour dates:
05/16 – Evansville, Ind. @ Ford Center
05/17-19 – Gulf Shores, Ala. @ Hangout music festival
05/20 – New York @ Beacon Theatre
05/21 – New York @ Beacon Theatre
05/23 – New York @ Beacon Theatre
05/25 – New York @ Beacon Theatre
05/26 – New York @ Beacon Theatre
06/03 – Los Angeles @ Fonda Theatre
06/04 – Los Angeles @ Fonda Theatre
06/06 – Los Angeles @ Fonda Theatre
06/08 – Los Angeles @ Fonda Theatre
06/09 – Los Angeles @ Fonda Theatre
06/11 – Los Angeles @ Fonda Theatre
06/15 – Noblesville, Ind. @ Klipsch Music Center
06/13-16 – Manchester, Tenn. @ Bonnaroo music festival
06/18 – London, Ontario @ Budweiser Gardens
06/20 – Pittsburgh, Penn.@ Consol Energy Center
06/21-23 – Dover, Del. @ Firefly music festival
06/23 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
06/28 – Milwaukee, Wiss. @ Marcus Amphitheater
06/29 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Target Center
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